I put a FPV camera and transmitter on a cheap toy drone.

SYMA X8C in Orange: https://amzn.to/2KiuSt9
SYMA X8C in White: https://amzn.to/2zaIsMQ
FPV Camera & VTX: https://amzn.to/3anU5gl
2S Battery JST Connector: https://amzn.to/2RSkvRc
Aomway Commander Goggles: https://amzn.to/3cDUTzr

I have always loved the SYMA X5C and it’s big brother the SYMA X8C as inexpensive line-of-sight toy drones. They are well made, can take crashes and are fun to fly. With those things in mind, I decided to try adding a small FPV camera and transmitter to both of these drones to see what they would be like to fly them in FPV or “first person view”. In this video I’ll take you through the parts I used and how I attached the FPV camera, transmitter and battery to the drone to make it work.

The coolest thing about this experiment is that the “camera transmission module” that I made is pretty durable, light weight and could work on any number of other RC toys like a RC car or maybe even a larger RC airplane! The SYMA drone was just the first step! If you have never flown FPV before, trying it on a drone you already know how to fly might be a good way to get started. Based on this experience, I’d say that any larger toy drone would work well as a converted FPV drone – it just needs enough power to lift the transmitter, camera and battery.

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Kelly Shores is a FAA Part 107 certified drone pilot. He enjoys flying toy drones, camera drones, RC airplanes, and FPV quads. When he’s not flying drones, Kelly enjoys photography, biking, travel and hanging out with his family!

38 Comments

  1. Dan on October 4, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Bad Amazon link.

  2. Andrew Andron on October 4, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Wow! This makes me appreciate the good work DJI does with giving us a nice camera view.

  3. Doug Troyer on October 4, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y56RL5P/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_i_eGCNEb82VACYS This is all you need plus a tiny 1s battery. Use Velcro or 2 sided tape and mount it. I have mine hot glued to a small flat Lego piece and I can transfer it easily from drone to drone!

  4. Mobius-1 on October 4, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    I love sticking cameras on the cheap little drones it so much fun to get them to fly check this little camera out I got on amazon Wolfwhoop WT05 Micro AIO 600TVL Camera Only 3.4g 5.8GHz 25mW FPV Transmitter with Dipole Brass Antenna Combo for FPV Quadcopter Drone I just tie it onto the existing battery and velcro it on anything and your off to the races can’t tell the exact range but it was better then I expected and surprisingly good video.

  5. Sean Ozz on October 4, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    This brings me back. When the fat sharks first became a thing we had a phantom 2 or 3 and attached a camera and some fat sharks and flew it around like this.

    I wasnt making YouTube drone content yet. My friend who did it with me recently passed away. This brought back some good memories of the guy.

  6. RICK HALBUR on October 4, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Good job Kelly boy it’s a very tuff bird hey it did what you wanted to keep her flying. Thanks be safe

  7. David Dawson on October 4, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Great intro to low cost fpv. Shows how to get started keeping it simple for a fun result. If you are a beginner, find a nice open field to start with – you’re watching an experienced flyer here!

  8. easyheimer on October 4, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Love your channel. How can I get a shirt?

  9. Tim Jackson on October 4, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    now thats innovation right there , good video an cheers

  10. Icantdrive55 on October 4, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    I think that’s what you call a successful failure. Lol 😂 Fly crash repeat!

  11. Kevin Smith on October 4, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Please confirm the link to the camera.

  12. mark vangorp on October 4, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    It seems that there is some sort of tree magnet in that drone.

  13. James Ruse on October 4, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    I don’t quite get it. Brand new vid, and yet your links are for a different model drone than the one you talk about, PLUS the link to the FPV camera on Amazon says not available. Hmmm…..

  14. DanJonesFPV on October 4, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Ha love it! FPV all the things. I’m working on trying to get fpv ground vehicles to become more mainstream. Rock crawlers and cars. When I Los quads like this and cars, it is a lot of fun, but the fpv experience is so much fun and really adds a difference to the experience. Great video!

  15. ArtCo Drone Solutions on October 4, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Great video Kelly. I was thinking about doing the same thing with my Bugs 3 drone.

  16. Doug Troyer on October 4, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    I hope you try my suggestion. It weighs next to nothing. I fly my Parrot Mambo and other small quads with it no problem. You have weight issues on that contraption of yours.

  17. Spencer Boaz on October 4, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    When I first started you had to build even the DJI drones I have a F450 a F550 6 prop and had to build the gimble and program everything to work . My biggest home built is 810mm axle to axle almost 5′ prop tip to prop tip . I have had a couple of toy’s
    waste of time . But even the toys are far better than when I started . Still waiting for my mavic pro camera cable I have the gimble ribbon but don’t want to start till I have everything . Nice flying for a toy !

  18. BIG DRONE FLYER77 R/C on October 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Great stuff Kelly, I think I FPV’ed everything but the dog. Super great stuff , you guys be safe over there. I’ve been rebuilding my Xmax so far on my channel , I can’t wait to get that thing running. Home Quarantine

  19. Benny Siddall on October 4, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    This guy should have at least 1 mil subscribers. Keep it up, man!

  20. Ron Brown on October 4, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Nice mods to create a FPV drone from a toy drones. Stay safe.

  21. Knox Flight Group on October 4, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Brilliant! Thanks for sharing the how-to ! I must say, that was the most epic landing ever!
    FYI: the link for the camera doesn’t Goto it

  22. Robert on October 4, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    ok I’m gonna order a fpv kit use it on my promark warrior drone

  23. Lifestyle Unleashed on October 4, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    It just goes to show there’s fun to be had with an old toy grade drone.

    That 8c can take a lot of punishment too

  24. WisGuy4 on October 4, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Your link to the camera and transmitter doesn’t work – could you please double-check it and repost a working link? Thanks

  25. reece bain on October 4, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Hi awesome video please go check my channel if you have time👍

  26. ADDIC2ED'2'DRONZ ADDIC2ED'2'DRONZ on October 4, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    I need a good answer im new to fpv, oh yeah i do not have ANY extra money!.Ok my question is what kind of camera can i get that can go long range atleast 1/2 mile & really,really cheap goggles that will go to the camera.

  27. Epikologie on October 4, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    what, I was thinking about doing this just a while ago…
    now I know how to do it! it’s a really cool idea

  28. HypersMusic on October 4, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Hello ima fan ::))

  29. Chris Hope on October 4, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Great way to get introduced into FPV. Nice 👍

  30. Joe Shmo on October 4, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    I actually used to fly something like that then I got the hubsan 501s. Once I went Brushless GPS RTH I couldn’t go back. Now I use the Fimi A3 with the gimbal and 4Hawks XR antenna and I can’t go back to the 501s.

  31. Jenna C on October 4, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    You’re in shorts and it snowed 6 inches here over the weekend. Ugggg Nice video!!

  32. Doug Troyer on October 4, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    There’s plenty of small akk cameras on Amazon for around $15 or so with 25-200 mw. All you need is a small 1s battery to power it and some 2 sided tape or Velcro to put it in place. Need a link?

  33. JOE Blalock on October 4, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Like flying a bus through the trees.

  34. GAproductions on October 4, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    This idea isnt new

  35. HyperHeli's on October 4, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Great video! I know from experience that the AIO camera’s work great on the Syma x5c. Its my favorite one flying around the yard! I even 3d printed a holder for the camera thats ressesed into the front of the x5c.

  36. ROM Drones on October 4, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Get an AIO FPV camera from wolfwhoop, it’s so light that the X5C actually can handle it!

  37. The Grumpy Vlogger on October 4, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    If I tried cutting that plastic container my box knife would slip and I would lose a finger. Thanks for showing us a new way to use an old quad. Hopefully you’re surviving the quarantine. Thanks again Kelly and Stay Safe.

  38. Doug Troyer on October 4, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    It’s just that I think you are over thinking it. I use mine and can transfer from drone to drone takes up 1 square inch of area.

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